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Migraine equivalent

I was diagnosed with migraine equivalent 5 months after cancer surgery. I had psuedomyoxima peritonae (cancer of the appendix) with a total hysterectomy 12/01. In May I started experiencing symptoms of forgetfulness, anxiety, and panic attacks. I went to the doctor, who sent me to a neurologist. After many medical tests in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Migraine Equivalent

I started taking anti-depressants. The first ones made me much worse, I was having the original anxiety and panic attacks every other day instead of every 5 days. They were much stronger, and the only relief was to go to bed and sleep. Sometimes for 2 days. I woke the next day or so to a foggy feeling all day. It is now over 12 years, and after many hundreds of pills, my GP suggested I try a chiropractor. He has helped a great deal with the symptoms. I no longer have migraines anymore unless I don’t sleep well for several days. Not all symptoms are gone, but he hopes that they will eventually. Has anyone else had this diagnosis after a complete hysterectomy?

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    I’m so glad the chiropractor is working well for you!
    While I’ve not had a hysterectomy, I found some info on our site that shows only a small percentage of women get relief from their headaches after this procedure. Basically, a hysterectomy or menopause drastically changes a woman’s hormone makeup. That change can either help women who suffer from menstrual Migraines or trigger Migraines for others.
    The link I included below talks about Hemiplegic Migraines, but the baseline of changing hormones is valid for any type of Migraine.


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